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10 facts about CHICKENS

There's a lot more to chickens than you might think 

  • Chickens enjoy a good bath, dust bath that is. They will dig shallow pits in the dirt in which they can roll around in the dust and flap their wings. They do this to keep bugs and parasites away but also to help keep themselves insulated⁵.
  • Chickens have a profound memory and are able to distinguish between more than 100 individuals, people included¹.
  • Mother hens teach calls to their babies while they are still in the egg⁵.
  • Chickens are able to distinguish between colors. They also see ultraviolet light and iridescent hues. Chickens have been found to prefer blue objects with red being the next preferred. These two colors are then followed by orange and green. The contrast in color is very important in attracting chickens to food and water².
  • Chickens demonstrate REM (Rapid Eye Movement) when sleeping. They are capable of dreaming, just like us human beings³.
  • They make friends! Some bonds are so close that when a chicken dies, another may display signs of grief, mourning, and depression³.
  • Chickens know instinctively how to eat, but they do not know what to eat or where to find food².
  • Chickens are the closest living relatives to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Researchers determined this back in 2007 by testing proteins from a particularly well-preserved T-rex leg bone³.
  • They can taste salty, sour and bitter foods but cannot perceive sweet tastes. Only 2% of a chicken's taste buds are on their tongue; the rest are located at the back of the oral cavity. This means that a chicken can only taste what it's eating as it is swallowing it⁴.
  • Chicken communication is complex. Scientists who have observed flocks have found these birds can be deceptive and cunning¹.

 

Resources

  1. https://www.yourchickens.co.uk/care-and-advice/chicken-body-language-1-4494696
  2. http://www.poultryhub.org/production/husbandry-management/poultry-behaviour/
  3. https://modernfarmer.com/2016/03/chicken-facts/
  4. https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2017/11/do-chickens-have-sense-of-taste.html
  5. https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/things-to-love-about-chickens/